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Carlye Hughes elected bishop of the Diocese of Newark

The Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church Fort Worth was elected as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark at their convention on Saturday, May 18, 2018. Election on first Ballot The first ballot of the election convention returned a clear result, showing Hughes to have been elected as the next bishop. As the Diocese of Newark’s website explains:   In order to be elected, a candidate needed to receive a simple majority of votes…

Prayers at the blessing of a marriage

When two people desire to form a lasting, lifelong partnership with each other in God’s love, they make their vows before God and the gathered community of family, friends and the Church. They in turn receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill those vows. These are some of the prayers that The Episcopal Church uses in the blessing of a marriage: O God, you have so consecrated the covenant of marriage that in it is represented…

Prayers for the Royal Wedding

A prayer from the Church of England  God of love, send your blessing upon Harry and Meghan, and all who are joined in marriage, that, rejoicing in your will and continuing under your protection, they may both live and grow in your love all their days, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen Marriage prayers in The Episcopal Church When two people desire to form a lasting, lifelong partnership with each other in God’s love, they make their vows before God and…

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to preach at royal wedding

The Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church, will preach at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19. We offer explanations about who he is, some bingo fun with his preaching and sermon themes, some of his sermons, links to the order of worship and marriage liturgies, royal wedding venue information, and information about marriage in The Episcopal Church. We invite you to explore!

What liturgy will be used at the Royal Wedding?

It is a delight that the sacraments of the Church, such as baptism, marriage, and burial, are the same for everyone, princes and paupers alike. The liturgy, or pattern of the service, in the Church of England and in the Episcopal Church, and in churches throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion is consistent with what has been used for centuries. So if you’re curious about the marriage ceremony, or inspired by the beauty and meaning of the prayers and promises in…

Fun with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s preaching

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is known as an energetic, charismatic, inspiring preacher. His manner, his stories, and his passion deeply connect listeners to God’s message of love. If he uses themes familiar to those in the US in his sermon at the royal wedding, we’ve got you covered with a bit of fun. We’ve got Michael Curry Sermon Bingo and a list of the top ten things you’re likely to hear in a sermon: